Energy

As we said in LESSON 1 and have frequently restated since, the Universe and everything in it are composed of energy. Swirling, constantly shifting energy which assumes complex patterns in reaction to our thoughts and emotions, creating a false illusion of solid matter. In every moment of our life we shape this energy unconsciously -it takes its form from us. In magic we learn to shape it consciously. Our body is composed of energy, as is our soul. Like the shell of a snail, the body is an...

Correllian Garb

In preceding lessons we have discussed the nature of the universe and of magic. We have talked about how we purify our space, cast our circle, call the Quarters, invoke Deity -now for the most crucial question of them all what to wear What is the well-dressed Witch wearing these days Well, the most common answer to that is -the same thing everyone else is. At rituals, gatherings, private workings -all manner of occasion -most Wiccans wear street clothes. The same clothes they might wear to do...

Lesson Xii Stones And Crystal Stones And Crystals

Like herbs, stones have been used in magical practices for millennia. Long before people figured out how to cut and polish stones for jewelry, they were carrying rocks for luck and magic. The principle of sympathetic magic assigned meanings to the stones that lay about everywhere on the surface of the Earth, based upon such qualities as color and shape -thus green stones such as Aventurine were used to promote growth and fertility, and red stones such as Carnelian were used to promote strength...

Theory

Everything around you -everything you see and many things you don't- are composed of energy.You, too, are composed of energy. Your body, which seems so solid, is composed of endless numbers of microscopic particles held together at the subatomic level by energy. Science has taught us this. But the Vedic sages of India have taught this too - for many thousands of years. In Europe the Druids, and after them the Witches, recognized this fact as well. Even the...

Exercises

At this point in your development you should be doing Exercises 7, 8, 9, and number 13 every day, plus Exercise 10 periodically. The following exercise is meant to follow Exercise 13 directly. When you have finished Exercise 13 -the beam of light from the palm Chakra- instead of closing down as usual, turn your attention to your Third Eye. The Third Eye is located in the forehead. Because each Chakra is actually a collection of many points, the exact location may appear to vary from person to...

Spell Of The Month

This is an old spell which makes use of RUNES. Rune is a Germanic word for a magical symbol or marking. The term is especially used to refer to the ancient Germanic alphabet -also called FUTHARK- which was used for magical workings, but it can also be used to refer to other magical alphabets or SIGILS. This spell is intended to work with one of several general goals. The specific details of how the goal will come to pass are left to the Universe to decide. This is usually for the best. If for...

Lesson Vi The Circle Of Art The Circle Of

The Circle of Art, or Magic Circle, is a fundamental part of modern Wiccan practice. The Magic Circle is cast at the beginning of most Wiccan ceremonies, to establish Sacred Space, and to aid in the raising and focusing of energy. At the end of the ceremony, the Circle is opened, releasing the energy of the ritual so that it can become manifest in the physical world. We use the term Sacred Space to indicate an area used for ritual or magic. An area becomes Sacred Space when it is specially...

Yellow White Red Green

Sellect the Rune which represents your goal. Each Rune has an accompanying color. You will need to acquire a piece of paper and an accompanying candle in that color. Any 8'-10' candle will do, but a knob candle separated into 9 segments is ideal. On the bottom of the candle carve the Rune you have chosen. This represents the foundation of your working. Now take your piece of paper -it needn't be large- and draw the Rune that represents your goal at the four quarters of the paper. This will...

God The Universe And Everything

There are two levels to the Wiccan understanding of Deity. The first is Personal, the second Universal. On a personal level we approach Deity as an entity with Which we interact through words and actions and with Whom we maintain a personal relationship. At this level we give Deity many names and faces, and interact with Deity through these. Most Wiccans will use a variety of names and faces for Deity in this personal sense, and will have one particular form which they perceive as their PATRON....

Meanings Of Stones

AMBER -(yellow, orange, brown) Helps clear the mind, gives mental clarity, inner peace. AVENTURINE -(green) Draws money and prosperity. BLOODSTONE -(green with red flecks) Promotes creativity, self-expression, and artistry. Also aids healing, especially from surgeries or blood related diseases. BLUE LACE AGATE -(light blue) Healing. Overcoming obstacles. Can be used as a wish stone. BLUE STALACTITE -(blue) Personal power and direction. Helps with finding and staying on the right personal path....

What Will You Get From These Lessons

If you complete this course of 12 lessons, you will be eligible for initiation into the First Degree of Correllian Wicca. The First Degree is the lowest level of initiatory membership in a WICCAN TRADITION. Wicca is composed of many traditions most -but not all- of which recognize each others initiations. If you choose to take the First Degree initiation -and you are not obligated to-you will become a member of the Correllian tradition. The Correllian tradition is a synchretic and highly...

Dragon Meditation

To align yourself better with the Great Dragon, which is to say with the flow of Divine Energy, use this meditation often. Place yourself in a comfortable position, and begin as always by clearing and releasing. Imagine yourself before a flight of stairs. Imagine that you climb these stairs, one stair at a time, counting each as you go. With each of the stairs you will go deeper into yourself. There are ten stairs in all. At the top of the stairs you come to a hallway. It is a long hallway,...

God Of The Month The Crone

The third expression of the energy of the Triple Goddess is the Crone. The Crone is commonly conceived of as an elderly Grandmother, and represents the last stage of life when the body is at it's weakest, but psychic and magical power are at their strongest. The Crone represents the hieght of Feminine power, and the wisdom and experience which comes with age. The Crone is the Goddess of wisdom, magic, and spirituality, and is traditionally thought of as the Patron of Witches and Witchcraft. The...

Lesson Vii Invocation Invocation

An invocation is a kind of prayer addressing Deity, or a particular aspect of Deity, and asking for Deity's presence or aid. In Correllian Wicca we have two basic ways of looking at Deity UNIVERSAL DEITY, and PERSONAL DEITY. Universal Deity is conceived as being everywhere, in everything. Universal Deity is the Divine consciousness behind the energy that forms and gives life to all that exists -and in Correllian Wicca we believe that anything which exists lives. Universal Deity is above and...

Personal Power

In LESSON I we learned that the Universe is composed of Energy, and that we can influence that Energy by means of Magic, through concentration of mind and emotion. In LESSON II we learned that the Universe, composed of Energy, is an emanation of the Goddess in union with the God. We learned that the Universe has Seven Planes or Dimensions of existence, and that we exist as a being in all seven of these at once. Those Dimensions of which we are easily aware are our Lower Self. Those Dimensions...

Altar Pieces

Of your altar pieces the most important will be these candles, incense, water, and salt. These represent the four Elements, which are considered the building blocks of creation. You will learn more about the four Elements in LESSON V. Of course you will also need matches or a lighter or as we call it, the sacred lighting instrument . Strictly speaking it is preferable to have matches or lighter that are used only for the altar, and for no other purpose -but this is not always practical, and a...

Correllian Wicca

With this lesson you will be beginning a new series of exercises. You will discontinue doing Exercises 1-6 on a daily basis, though we advise you to run through them once or twice a week. The new series of exercises works with the so-called Major Chakras - the seven most important energy centers of the body. There are many things to learn about the Chakras, but we shall only give a brief description of them at this time. They are as follow The Root Chakra - The Root Chakra is located near the...

God Of The Month Iris

As Wiccans we believe that Deity is like a diamond a single stone with many facets. Each facet is another face of Deity. Because the Diamond is too big to understand in its totality, we work with the facets. There are many facets, and each reflects some of the attributes of Deity in a form which is more easily understood and identified with by we humans. The two principle facets of Deity are Goddess and God, the polar powers of the Universe, Whose loving interaction forms, sustains, and...

Clearing And Releasing

Clearing and releasing of excess energy is extremely important. It's important to do this before a magical working so that your energy will flow freely. It's important to do after a magical working so that the excess energy that may be left in your body doesn't cause you difficulties. There are many signs of excess energy. Dizziness, lack of balance, feeling giddy or disoriented. Excess energy may also be marked by hyperactivity, inability to rest or sleep after a magical working. There are...

Correllian Wicca Lessons For The First Degree

Traditionally it takes a minimum of a year and a day to achieve a Wiccan degree. Sometimes it takes much longer. These lessons have been formulated with this dictum in mind. Twelve lessons following a month apart require at least a year to complete. This allows the student plenty of time to digest the information, which is quite wide-ranging in nature. A brief outline of the 12 lessons is as follows 1 Magic. The first lesson is about magic what it is, what it is not, and how to use it. 2...

How To Do It

Now that we've talked about how energy transfer can be used, and a bit about how it works, you probably want to know how to do it. Energy transfer is accomplished by projecting energy from your body into someone elses. The energy is pulled in from the Universe, and channelled through your body to the recipient. Commonly the hands are used, the energy being focused through the Palm Chakras. If you have been doing your exercises, you will already know how to focus energythrough your Palm Chakras....

Creation

According to the Vangelo delle Streghe Diana was the first created of all creation. In Her were all things. In other words Diana, or Goddess, is PRIMEVAL DEITY. She existed before the first beginning, as CHAOS -God without form existing in a void, and having within Herself the seeds of all things, both spiritual and material, all mixed up together without order or definition. Primeval Deity is androgynous, having both feminine spirit or yin and masculine matter or yang elements, and is...

The Psychic Tide

These repeat constantly. These cycles are created by and are the effect of Movement. The movement of the Planet. The movement of the Galaxies. The movement of energy through the Planes. These cycles range from the time it takes our Planet to revolve upon its' axis 24 HRS to the length of the so-called Great Year 19,200 years, according to the Correllian system . All of these cycles have their own qualities, and in accordance with the ancient Law AS ABOVE, SO BELOW all reflect...

God Of The Month The Hero

The God has two basic forms The Young God of life, growth, and evolution. And the Old God of death, transformation, and involution. Each of these in tun has two forms The Young God -the Hero and the Lover. The Old God -the King and the Sorceror. These might be thought of as the temperal and spiritual polarities of the two God forms the Hero being the temperal aspect of the Young God, the Lover being the spiritual. Similarly, the King would be the temperal aspect of the Old God, and the Sorceror...

Jewelry

There are several pieces of jewelry which are associated with Wicca. All manner of necklaces, bracelets, and rings are readily available with Wiccan or Pagan themes or symbols, which can be worn by anyone. In addition, some Temples have special medallions, pins, or rings, which are available only to their members, and which may or may not symbolize rank. the exclusivity of such symbols should be respected, as a matter of good manners. Moreover there are two particular pieces of jewelry which...

The Wheel Of The Year

In LESSON II we spoke of the Wheel of Life. In the Vangelo Delle Streghe it is said that the Goddess spins the thread of life from the Wheel, while the God turns it. The God is often likened to a great serpent curled in a circle and swallowing its' tail to represent that He is the body of the Wheel, i.e. that the Wheel turns through physical manifestation. As Above So Below the great Wheel is mirrored each year in the cycles of the Seasons, and the Eight Holidays of Wicca. As explained above...

Geomancy

Your first consideration is where to put your altar. Most people put their altar in their bedroom. this makes it a very personal space, and assures privacy. This is especially good if you live in a home with non-Pagan roommates or family who might be intimidated by a holy object such as an altar in the living room. If however your home is wholly Pagan, you may wish a more public altar in a living room, or a special temple room, at which your whole family can worship. If you do this, you will...

How It Works

This energy is regulated by energy centers commonly called CHAKRAS or PLEXI. There are thousands of such Chakras throughout the body, connected by MERIDIANS or energy pathways. When several of these small Chakras work together they form a larger Chakra with several levels. There are many of these larger Chakras throughout the body as well. In doing energy work you may work with any of these small or larger Chakras. But you are more likely to work with one of the...

God Of The Month The Sorcerer

Lord of Winter, the Old God is also Lord of the Hunt and of the forests, Master of Game and of all wild creatures and places. Lord of Death, the Old God was also the Patron of Shamans, Priests, and Sorcerers. He presided over omens, dreams, and ecstatic trance. In many ancient traditions the Old God led the Wild Ride in which the souls of the dead were believed to ride forth by night in a great and tumultuous procession, in which the living could also join through trance and astral projection....

Vangelo Delle Streghe

One of the most sacred pieces of Wiccan literature is the Vangelo delle Streghe. This is a collection of legends preserved and passed down through generations of the Aradian witches of Italy. A little over a century ago the Italian witch Maddalena gave a copy of the Vangelo to the famed folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland, on the understanding that he would publish it. The most important part of the Vangelo is the creation story it contains. This creation story is a sublime allegorical account of...

Good Habits

As we have said, it is best to practice every day, to build skill. If at all possible it is best to practice at the same time each day. When you first begin to learn magic, it is best to practice on an empty stomach. You should wear loose, comfortable clothes, or even better no clothes at all, and you should select a comfortable position to work in. All of these things will help you to be psychically open. It is good to light one or more candles before you do your exercise. The candles will act...

How To Charge A Talisman Or Amulet

A Talisman or Amulet may be charged quite simply in basically the same way that we would charge anything else. The easiest way to do this is to hold the item in your hands, and visualize a ball of white light around it. As you do this, focus on the purpose to which the item is to be put. Concentrate upon that purpose, and imbue the item with that energy. In this way you add greater energy to it's native qualities. There are also more complicated ways to do this. METHOD 2 Begin by clearing and...

Psychic Shielding

Sometimes we pick up energy from other people, without knowing we are doing so. Their moods or emotions may bleed over onto us, leaving us feeling angry, sad, tired, depressed, or whatever they are feeling -and not knowing where this emotion came from. Also, sometimes people will deliberately send negative energy to us -even though that is a very bad thing which one should never do. Such negative energies cannot harm you, as long as you don't let them in...

The Athame

Pronounced Uh-THAH-meh or AH-thuh-meh, the Athame or ceremonial knife is the first of the four major Working Tools. These are considered very sacred, and are symbolic to many of the Wiccan religion. The Athame represents the Element of Air in it's connotation of Thought or Decision. It represents the moment of first creation and symbolizes the God as son and brother of the Goddess, Lord of Manifestation. It is also called the Sword of Art, and represents the Phallus of the God. More properly...

Sky Clad Ritual

Another ancient, but somewhat misunderstood form of ritual garb is going skyclad -that is to say naked. This practice arises from the idea that psychic energy is restricted or inhibited by clothing, especially tight or binding clothing. As we have said, most people no longer believe this, but it was once taken very seriously. Another reason for the idea of skyclad ritual is that since we are born naked, we are only truly pure when in that state. If we approach Deity nude, we are laying aside...

The Altar

The main purpose of an altar is to provide focus. It can be used to focus on the Divine Powers -this is worship. It can be used to focus energy for making changes in our lives -this is magic. It can be used to focus on communication with our Higher Selves and SPIRIT GUIDES - this is meditation. All of these -worship, magic, meditation -are ways of focusing our psychic energy to accomplish specific ends. The altar can aid in that focus, and can be used to augment that energy and enhance the...

Pentagram

The Pentagram is the fouth sacred Tool. It represents the Element of Earth, and the Goddess as Union of All Things. The Pentagram is a five-pointed star in a circle. As a tool it is usually worn as a medallion. The Pentagram medallion can be used to focus energy, and also to ground it. To focus energy through the medallion, you would visualize a ball of light in your Heart Chakra, or your Thymus Chakra, then focus a beam of that light through the medallion. You can also hold the medallion in...

The Stole

The stole is a narrow band of fabric worn around the neck and hanging down in front. The stole may be quite decorative, but it is never worn just for decoration. Only certain traditions use the stole, but if you see one you can be sure that it has a meaning beyond just being pretty. In some groups the stole will be worn only by the Chief Priestess or Chief Priest. In others it may be worn by all initiated clergy. In the Correllian Tradition the stole is worn by all initiated clergy, dedicants,...

The Descent Of The Goddess

The myth of the Descent of the Goddess is one of the central themes of Pagan thought, although in some versions it will be presented as the Descent of the God, as Paganism has many diverse variations. The Descent of the Goddess speaks of the descent from the land of the Living into the land of the Dead, and the return to life through rebirth. This of course refers to both the yearly cycle of seasonal renewal, through which the Earth is annually reborn, but also to the process of reincarnation...

Correllian Robes

Sometimes only the presiding clergy will be robed. Sometimes everyone will be robed. The robes may all match to stress the Temple s esprit de corps, or each persons robe may be different and individual. These are all decisions that are up to each individual Temple. People wear robes for several reasons. Robes, like other accessories, can act as KEYS to the Higher Self. Robes can help us to feel magical, and that helps us to shift our consciousness and become...

The Airts

One of the most fundamental aspects of Wiccan thought is the importance of the four Airts pronounced eights . The four Airts, or Quarters, are the guardians of the Magic Circle. The four Airts are sometimes visualized in abstract form, and sometimes personified as Guardians, or personal Deities for the Quarters. The four Airts are invoked at the begining of almost every major Wiccan ceremony. The Airts represent the totality of all existence, and the furthest extent of being. The Airts...

Other Kinds Of Ritual Garment The Tabard

A tabard is a simple rectangle of cloth that hangs down the front and back of the body, but has no sides.The tabard is an ancient Celtic garment, essentially a very narrow poncho. In Celtic times they were worn 1 to give extra warmth to the torso, when made of heavy fabric 2 as an apron, to protect one s clothing, when made of a cheaper fabric and 3 for added decoration on a formal occasion, when made of a dressy fabric. In later times tabards were primarily used to display the insignia of an...